Outside of my home, it is a white, winter wonderland. It is a pretty site, until you have to shovel and drive in it! Although, our pups seem to love it…
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Home Staging for Every Season…
A great post from www.realestate.aol.com
Simple Soups from Food Network… Perfect to warm you this winter…
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – I totally agree!
Here is a music video with Jessica Simpson and Nich Lachey. I know it’s yester-year, but they were cute together and both have great voices. Enjoy!
With the snow storm that has been pounding the Northeast and soon to hit New Fairfield, Connecticut ~ Make sure you have necessary supplies, keep safe and … Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
Dean Martin ~ “Let it Snow!”
or a more recent video – “Let is Snow” by Jessica Simpson…
Betty Crocker’s ~ Snowman Face Cake…
When I was a nursery school teacher, we would always celebrate the month of March with arts of crafts in honor of March coming in like a lion, and going out like a lamb.
Well, March here in the New Fairfield, CT area – as well as the Brewster, NY area – has had a harsh reminder that winter is still here. As we are under a “Winter Storm Warning” and this being the most severe winter storm of the season with areas in New Jersey as well as Long Island seeing up to 13 inches of snow and NYC schools being closed for the first time in 5 years! I just can’t believe that after having so much snow melt, we have a fresh, clean blanket of it… yet again!
My deck after our last big snow storm
After all the snow melted… finally! Taken just a few hours before the storm hit.
Photo taken this morning… and the snow still continues to come down!
Yesterday, I prepared for this storm by making a trip to Shaw’s supermarket in New Fairfield to stock up on a few things. Then after showing a home in Croton Falls, NY – a hamlet of North Salem, I took advantage of being near Block Busters and went in to rent a movie. My daughter, Amanda, has been taking a cooking class in school and offered to make dinner last night - Chicken Fried Rice – Yummy! I asked her to start early, since we have experienced once before an electrical outage smack in the middle of making dinner! I also had her double the recipe so we could have leftovers that could always be warmed up over the fire in the fireplace.
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We stocked up on wood for the fireplace, have pellets for the pellet stove, stored some water and have candles and matches on hand – again, just in case of the electric going out since the snow continues to come down and the wind is whipping everything around and is anticipated to continue through out the day and night bringing the temperatures in some areas 10 to 15 below zero!
Another important item that was on my list was to fill up the bird feeders. With all this snow, the birds and squirrels have so much difficulty finding food. As I work here at home today, I am entertained as I watch all the different birds come and go as they happily take sunflower seeds.
Bird taking a sunflower seed.
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In this cold, snowy weather – what a perfect time to have a bowl of hot soup – one that sticks to your ribs – Mmm, Mmm Good!
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For 100 Soup Recipes from Food Network.com <CLICK> . There are some great and easy recipes – some of which all you need are some veggies and a can of broth!
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After showing homes in this cold weather, a bowl of hearty soup is one of my favorite foods!
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Clouds are everywhere – where I live in New Fairfield, CT and where I work in Brewster, NY. We are due for a wintery mix – rain and snow which will then change over to ice. Although, I am pleased to say, that it doesn’t seem to stop my buyers who are looking to purchase a home.
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and… as long as the driveways are plowed and walkways are clean to homes that we’re viewing – I’m good to go!
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Viewing homes in the winter does have some advantages. You can see how cozy the house is – are there drafts – or possibly rooms that are poorly heated and/or insulated. Rooms can vary – for example those with vaulted ceilings hold all the heat high above. Simply installing fans to draw the heat down can help. Or, rooms that were once a porch and now enclosed, may need more insulation and so on.
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Also, while viewing the homes property in the winter, when all the leaves and shrubs are gone, helps to see the entire acreage – along with what is neighboring the property.
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So, I invite all those interested in going out to view homes – in the snow – ice – cold and wind!
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
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As I sit here in my den by the fireplace, writing another post for my Blog – which is turning out to be one of my favorite daily routines! I can’t help but think about all the comforts of a HOME. Being able to relax and enjoy homeownership is FABULOUS!
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During the winter especially, a HOME gives you warmth – and invites your family and friends during the Holidays.
A HOME is where memories are made and never forgotten. I still dream of my childhood HOME – over and over. I have friends and family that say the same – many of their dreams are also of their HOME, where they lived when they were a child.
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If taking steps toward HOMEOWNERSHIP is one of your NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – talking to a mortgage broker is an important first step! I highly recommend Anthony Frascone – cell: 203-648-6713. He is licensed in New York and Connecticut and has similar family and work ethics as I do. GOOD LUCK and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Snow! Once again, it’s snowing today. So, I’ve chosen a few Flickr photos of beautiful SNOW!
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Snow on my driveway!
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Pop the cork and ring in the New Year with some Bubbly!
Gary Vaynerchuck with Wine Library TV has some great recommendations <CLICK>
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From FoodNetwork.com – here are some great New Years Celebration recipes <CLICK> and ideas.
and … From Evite.com <CLICK> – get ideas for a Wild New Years Eve Cocktail Party – A Glitzy New Years Eve Dinner Party – and – A Sophisticated New Years Day Brunch.
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So enjoy a toast and many kisses at midnight – and don’t forget your New Years resolution!
Here in Connecticut and New York, it’s been snowing and snowing AND SNOWING!! Perfect for making a snowman! So forget about just having an illuminated snowman…
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Now you can make your own. So, get bundled up and go build a REAL SNOWMAN!
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My Holiday Wish to You and to All is that you and your loved ones be Healthy, Safe, Together, Happy and Financially Stable.
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Also, if your a BUYER, looking to purchase a HOME, my wish is that I help you find it!
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Interest Rates are DOWN AGAIN!! There are lots of homes to view and lots of negotiable sellers!
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The Weather Channel announced that we may have snow in the forecast for Christmas! I’m hoping it will be just enough to cover everything with a Frosty White Blanket, but not enough to interfere with all the Holiday Travelers visiting family. We know that Santa can get through any snow storm – but unfortunately, none of us have a sleigh!
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it SNOW – and it did!
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The kids were excited, thinking they were going to have a snow day – or at least a delay. Fortunately, the snow plows were out – plowing and sanding – making our roads as safe as possible – peace of mind for me since my husband leaves at 4:30 in the morning to make his way into New York City.
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Enjoy this Music Video – with Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by Dean Martin
Thunder Ridge Skiing and Snowboarding Area – CLICK HERE FOR THEIR WEBSITE - is conveniently located on Route 22 in Patterson, NY on over 100 acres and approximately 75 minutes from NYC – or ride Metro North and pick up their FREE shuttle bus.
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Thunder Ridgeis a family mountain with 30 trails, 3 chairlifts, a t-bar, a handtow and a magic carpet. There are slow and gentle slopes for skiers and snowboarders on all levels.
For more info call Thunder Ridge – 845-878-4100.
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As my daughter and I drove through our town the other day – New Fairfield, CT- I Ooooo’d and Aaaaa’d over all the lights and decorations – “What a wonderful time of the year!” I shouted. My daughter then said, “It would be REALLY nice if it snowed.”
True – SNOW is great – for sledding, skiing, making snowmen and having snowball fights! AND - while is falling, it’s SPECTACULAR!
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My daughter got her wish – today, when we woke, we had about one inch of crisp white snow! Beautiful!…until it was time to clean off the cars, plow the driveway and shovel the paths!!
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Boy is it COLD outside! Yesterday, I showed a home in Brookfield, CT – nice, cozy - warm cape. My clients took their time and checked everything out – the way viewing homes should be. Then we made our way into Danbury, CT- Brrrr!!! We viewed two Foreclosures – with no HEAT!! Both had been winterized so that the pipes wouldn’t freeze – too bad I did! By the second home, my toes and hands were numb and my nose was running – but I couldn’t feel it! I DON’T know how people work outdoors - like my husband.
My state of mind says it’s only November and technically we are still in the Fall season – but – Mother Nature seems to want winter here – NOW! So, lesson learned for me – time to wear a winter coat – scarf – warm boots AND bring something warm to drink for me and my clients!
Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop in New Fairfield, Connecticut is serving some great flavors - PUMPKIN – MAPLE /OREO - and – CINNAMON/APPLE/CARAMEL – YUM!
Sprinkles colors are Pink and Blue. My oldest daughter, Melissa, works there – making it convenient to her dorm in Danbury and home in New Fairfield.
Some other awesome popular flavors mostly for adults are: Coconut Mounds- Coconut ice cream with coconut flakes and chocolate chips – Matt’s Frapp- Kalua ice cream with brownies and Heath bar – Smores – Chocolate ice cream with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate chips – Yum Yummy!!
Some kids favorites are: Party Cake, Blue Cloud and Cotton Candy.
Sprinkles is located on Route 39 just across from SHAWS Supermarket. They are open Wednesday’s through Sunday’s and will stay open during the winter – so go on over – after a game, to pick up a Birthday cake or to just treat yourself and make up your own favorite!
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